Barrister Profile  

Iain Colville Call: 1989
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Community Care / Court of Protection
  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Local Government
  • Planning & Compulsory Purchase
  • Public Access
  • Public Law
  • Regulatory
  • Residential and Commercial Landlord & Tenant
"His work includes defending homelessness appeals"
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Iain joined Chambers in 1997, having previously worked in local government since 1990.

He was the Head of the Planning and Litigation team at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead before returning to independent practice. Whilst at the Royal Borough, Iain promoted the Local Plan Inquiry (1995-1996) and acted for the Council in numerous inquiries (including major public inquiries).

Since joining Chambers, Iain has developed a practice with embraces all aspects of planning, compulsory purchase, housing, landlord and tenant, homelessness and wider aspects of local government.

He is recommended in Chambers UK in housing.

Areas of Practice


Appears regularly for and advises both public authorities and homeless applicants in judicial review claims, homelessness appeals and in second appeals.


Advises and appears on behalf of both pubic authorities and applicants in housing related judicial review claims and further appeals, covering areas such as housing allocation and Allocation Schemes, redevelopment proposals and compulsory acquisitions.

Residential and Commercial Landlord & Tenant

Appears regularly for and advises both landlord (public authority, RSL and private landlord) and tenants (residential and business tenants) at all levels in all aspects of litigation including possession claims, injunctions and committal proceedings, antisocial behaviour and harassment claims.

Planning & Compulsory Purchase

Advises and appears in planning and compulsory purchase matters, both at public inquiries and on appeal to the High Court and further appeals.

Public Law


Local Government

Community Care / Court of Protection

Anti-Social Behaviour

Public Access


Social Housing (Band 3)

Noteworthy Cases


  • R (Baker) v First Secretary of State [2003] EWHC 2511; (2004) RVR 13 (Compulsory Purchase)
  • Lambeth LBC v Lindsay [2002] EWCA Civ 1084; [2002] HLR 57 (Housing Allocation)
  • Zaman and Bibi v Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport & the Regions and Birmingham CC (2000) 32 HLR 734 (compulsory purchase appeal)
  • R v Southwark LBC ex p. Mason (2000) 32 HLR 88 (compulsory purchase/housing allocation judicial review)

Local Government Inquiries & Reviews

  • Boroughwide Local Plan Inquiry for Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (1995/6)
  • Numerous public inquiries, including major public inquiries, for appellant/LPA/third parties.

Landlord & Tenant

  • London Borough of Islington v Manelva Honeygan-Green [2007] EWHC 1270; [2007] 4 All ER 818 (right to buy)
  • Riverside Housing Association v White [2007] UKHL 70; [2005] EWCA Civ 1385; [2007] 4 All ER 97; [2007] HLR 31 (rent increase notices)


  • Griffiths v St Helens Council [2006] EWCA Civ 160; [2006] 1 WLR 2233; [2006] HLR 29 (discharge of homelessness duties)
  • Bellouti v Wandsworth LBC [2005] EWCA Civ 602; [2005] HLR 46 (homelessness / priority need)
  • R(Hammia) v Wandsworth LBC [2005] EWHC 1127; [2005] HLR 45 (Admin) (homelessness / local authority powers)
  • Tetteh v Kingston upon Thames RLBC [2004] EWCA Civ 1775; [2005] HLR 21 (homelessness / priority need)
  • Porteous v West Dorest DC [2004] EWCA Civ 244; [2004] HLR 30 (homelessness / local authority powers)


  • Jones v Roger Green (on behalf of The Friends of Fordwich & District) [2005] EWCA Civ 1727; [2006] JPL 1185 (planning appeal / gypsies / definition of “caravan”)
  • Powys CC v National Assembly for Wales [2000] PLCR 385 (planning appeal/gypsies)

Legal Publications


Author of ‘A Guide to the Planning Process’, Arden’s Housing Library, Lemos & Crane.

Co-author of ‘A Guide to the Greater London Authority’, Sweet & Maxwell


Joint annotator of the Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Current Law annotations)


Contributor to ‘Blackstone’s Civil Procedure’, Oxford University Press

Contributor to Planning & Human Rights in ‘Human Rights Act 1998 A Practitioners Guide’, Sweet & Maxwell



  • Housing Law Practitioners Association
  • Planning and Environment Bar Association
  • Social Housing Landlord Association


Formerly Head of Planning and Litigation Team at Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead